Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - There was a solemn remembrance of 9/11 in Longview Friday. At Highland Pines Nursing Home, police, fire and active duty soldiers took part in the 6th Annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony. East Texans from all walks of life told us how the attacks impacted them. Soldiers we talked to say it's a constant reminder of what they fight for.
"A lot of the people that approach me nowadays, they're thinking that it's like the Vietnam era [that] it's like a vicious cycle and it's repeating itself," said Staff Sergeant J.L. Halbrook, a U.S. Army Iraq veteran.
"I couldn't be happier with the way people come out to events like this and support it, and it really makes me feel like I'm doing something good for our country," said Sergeant Jason Benson, a U.S. Army Iraq veteran.
World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans also took part in the remembrance. Veterans weren't the only ones recognized for their contribution on September 11th.
Firefighters, EMS, and other law enforcement were given a special thank you at Chapel Hill High School Friday. The Bulldog Cheerleading Squad organized the event, recognizing emergency responders and the sacrifices they make to keep others safe.
"I think the best part about it is that we get to have a chance to honor our servicemen while getting ready for our football game, ya know," said Brittni Reed, Head Bulldog Cheerleader. "It's about pumping up the team and also honoring our servicemen and women."
Emergency personnel were also treated to a reception after the pep rally.